Jan 15, 2021

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State aims to manage new online teaching

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  • School districts were not required by the state to offer a full-time online instructional program this current school year but many are doing so in response to parent concerns about the spread of covid, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key told the Education Board on Thursday.
  • In response, the Arkansas Board of Education authorized staff at the state's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish an application process for use by school districts that want to offer the parents and students in their districts a digital learning option.
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Business virus-aid program expands

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  • More small lenders in Arkansas will gain access to the federal Paycheck Protection Program beginning today and the initiative will expand to include banks of all sizes early next week.
  • "This second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding is critical to helping Arkansas small businesses keep their doors open, save jobs, and support hard-working families across our state," said Edward Haddock, SBA's Arkansas district director.
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Horoscopes by Holiday

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  • AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You prefer that the people around you be happy, and you'll make efforts to that end, all the while realizing that no one actually makes another person happy, although it's possible to create environments more or less conducive to joy.
  • LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You are afraid to require things of people because you want it to be easy for them to be around you.
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Mississippians sing the praises of company looking at PB lease

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  • A proposal was made during the Development and Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday that the company would like to lease the old Bank of America building and open a site to Pine Bluff, giving residents the opportunity to excel in technology-driven jobs.
  • In just a short time, PeopleShores officials have said they have expanded to offer 200 direct jobs, providing wages and benefits that have improved the lives of not just their associates who may not have had this opportunity elsewhere, but to more than 500 family members.
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Ledge in session

By KYMARA SEALS AND LORIEE EVANS SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
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  • If you feel like your community or group has long been ignored by the powers that be in government, contacting your Arkansas reps during the 2021 session won't immediately solve a long history of problems.
  • What's more, because state legislators don't have staff, they don't have the time or resources to become experts on a multitude of issues.
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Letters

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  • To Mr. Bruce Westerman, Mr. Tom Cotton, and Mr. John Boozman, and to all the government leadership in the state of Arkansas sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America: Now is the time to find your courage and remember duty to your state and this country.
  • We have already witnessed the arrest of an Arkansas resident who occupied the Capitol in Washington, D.C. You have each actively and passively supported Donald Trump when you knew better.
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